The Great Gatsby

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The main characters in both F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and William Shakespeare's Macbeth appear stable and successful on the outside, but inside they are engaged in a constant struggle with their dreams. Gatsby tries to win back the girl of his dreams by becoming something he's not, a member of high society; while Macbeth believes the prediction of the witches that he will be king and spends his life trying to make it come true. Both characters are willing to risk everything in pursuit of their respective dreams, including committing crimes. Both are motivated to take these risks by a woman. And both inevitably suffer premature demises.

In both Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Shakespeare's Macbeth the lives of the main
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Macbeth tells the ghost to

"Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves

Shall never tremble. Or be alive again

And dare me to the desert with thy sword.

If trembling I inhabit then, protest me

The baby of a girl. Hence, horrible shadow!

Unreal mock'ry, hence!" (Macbeth 3.4 124-129)

Macbeth becomes so uncertain to whether he has made the right choice to kill Banquo that he hallucinates. Macbeth has many issues and may be not as perfect as one would think. Gatsby, from anyone else's perspective looks ideal. He is wealthy, educated and handsome. Despite all of that, Gatsby has a vulnerable side. He is insecure, and hides that by showing off his mansion and shirts. It is not enough for Gatsby to meet Daisy just anywhere- it has to be at his house or in this case a neighbor's house where you can see his house from. Nick who was used in this situation to arrange the meeting between Daisy and Gatsby asked Jordan,

"'Why didn't he ask you to arrange a meeting"'

'He wants her to see his house,' she explained. 'And your house is right next door.'" (The Great Gatsby 84) Gatsby feels vulnerable without his "superficial identity." Despite his idealness from others, Gatsby is vulnerable and helpless.

In spite of their similarities Gatsby emerges as the nobler of the two because he is not so deliberately destructive. Macbeth has no regard for other people and doesn't let anyone get in the way of his ambition. He

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